It was wishful thinking though we’re afraid, because it’s blatantly obvious that the only reason the Games For Windows live service is now free is because it needs to be more attractive to the consumer as it obviously wasn’t getting the sign-ups it needed, Xbox live is a totally different thing altogether with over 10 million subscribers.
Out of those Xbox live subscribers, maybe around half are paying for a Gold subscription, so why the hell would Microsoft just scrap the fee and lose out on millions of pounds worth of free money each year? It would be a crazy move.
Chris Satchell, CTO of Microsoft’s Entertainment devices division has responded to whispers about the fee for the Xbox live service by confirming that there will be no changes made in the foreseeable future and that gamers are still getting the 'best bargain in the industry".
“For only a few pounds a month Xbox Live Gold members already get access to the best online gaming network in the industry, the ability to play and watch countless demos and trailers before the rest of the gaming community, and video chat and messaging.”
It may be a bitter pill to swallow for Xbox 360 fans, when you consider that PS3 gamers are enjoying a similar Playstation Network service free of charge, but you can't deny that Microsoft do offer a more robust and feature-extensive service than its rival and it will be hoping that its new sparkley-smooth 3D interface, which arrives this Autumn, will continue to tempt Xbox live subscribers into parting with around £40 a year of their hard-earned cash.